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Fourth undersea cable cut near UAE, suspicions rise

For the fourth time in a week, an undersea communications cable has apparently been cut (or "failed due to a power outage," as some sources suggest), and while no official reports of subversion have surfaced just yet, things are beginning to get suspicious. Flag Telecom, a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA Group, has had two cables damaged in the span of a week -- a quandary it has never dealt with until now. As it stands, traffic from the Middle East and surrounding areas is being routed through various other cables in an attempt to remain online, but any more snips and we could be dealing with ping times eerily similar to those seen in 1993 (or much, much larger issues).

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Dorf

Dorf @ Feb 5th 2008 11:41AM

I bet it is sea mynocks chewing on the cables.

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CraigJ

CraigJ @ Feb 5th 2008 12:17PM

IDK, it's a long way from the asteroid fields of Hoth to Earth. Do Mynocks have hyperdrive?

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andy

andy @ Feb 5th 2008 12:27PM

No need for hyperdrive, just klingon.


BOOOOOOOOOOO!

I know, I know.

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brian peppers

brian peppers @ Feb 5th 2008 1:16PM

It was Brian Peppers

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Sam

Sam @ Feb 5th 2008 2:36PM

its al queda! damn osama!!!!

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WillisOGeeky

WillisOGeeky @ Feb 5th 2008 3:41PM

Chupa Cabra

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Dr. Evil

Dr. Evil @ Feb 5th 2008 3:41PM

Actually it was me.

I plan on holding the Internet hostage for ... ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!!

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Anthony

Anthony @ Feb 5th 2008 11:41AM

When the third line cut was reported I started to think this was more than just a ship dragging its anchor. Now with a fourth I'm just waiting on the report that says who and why.

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prateeko

prateeko @ Feb 5th 2008 12:08PM

Exactly. First time is an accident. Second time as a coincidence. Third time it's a conspiracy.

So what does that make the fourth time - profit???

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merf1350

merf1350 @ Feb 5th 2008 12:09PM

It was American Tech Support, getting revenge for all the outsourcing.

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Kamokazi

Kamokazi @ Feb 5th 2008 12:25PM

This one was not actually cut, it failed due to a power outage:

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/510132-internet-problems-continue-with-fourth-cable-break?ln=en
"the problem is related to the power system and not the result of a ship's anchor cutting the cable, as is thought to be the case in the other three incidents."

The others were probably damaged in the earthquake...and it's probably just a conincidencea that this one experienced a power failure. (or is it?...)

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Andir3.0

Andir3.0 @ Feb 5th 2008 2:26PM

For all we know, it could just be that they changed shipping lanes and there's more traffic over the lines than there was before. Conspiracies are nice, but not always true.

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teej

teej @ Feb 5th 2008 3:00PM

al qaeda's in ur sea, cutting ur cables.

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Sporkinum

Sporkinum @ Feb 5th 2008 4:18PM

Replace al qaeda with NSA. Al Qaeda couldn't do that if it were in a 10 meter deep pond.

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m

m @ Feb 5th 2008 6:35PM

i think al queda could easily do it, but why would they cut off their own internet? a cave gets really boring, really fast.

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Harbinger

Harbinger @ Feb 5th 2008 6:04PM

Seriously, these continuing Cloverfield viral ads are getting ridiculous.

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CowAssasin

CowAssasin @ Feb 6th 2008 1:17PM

Has anyone sure the Martian Bigfoot is still on Mars? He may have grown gills so he can refill his Energon Cubes without being bothered.

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Phil Perman

Phil Perman @ Feb 5th 2008 11:41AM

Before all the conspiracy theories start rolling in, it might be worth pointing out there was an earthquake measuring 4.7 under the med on the day the first 2 cables went down, and theres a fair possibility that the other 2 were damaged in that incident and have only recently failed.

Now that we've gotten sensibleness out of the way, the Martians did it!

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Godskitchen

Godskitchen @ Feb 5th 2008 1:26PM

And I suppose its not possible that governments have the tech to create earthquakes, or for that matter falsify reports of an earthquake? Like falsifying documents that said people had WMD's when they didnt?

As for the forth one being caused by a power outage, unless I was there myself I wouldnt believe it.

Even if there was an earthquake, the sea bed would have had to drop a large amount and fast for the cable to snap.

But hey if your happy to believe this isn't either some government, US or Israel, or some way for some criminal group to extort money, then great.

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tadghostal

tadghostal @ Feb 5th 2008 1:30PM

What? What do earthquakes have to do with cables? Earthquakes shake from side to side, but cables are round! What a doofus. Everyone knows it's a conspiracy, why are you trying to cover it up? Hmmmmm?

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minus_273

minus_273 @ Feb 5th 2008 11:42AM

USS Jimmy Carter say Hai!

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Gremlin

Gremlin @ Feb 5th 2008 11:42AM

Hate to sound like a total n00b, but what kinds of issues are we talking about here? Tons of international websites down? Really slow international websites? Generally slow communications with any server in middle east, Asia? Lots of users without internet connection in middle east, asia?

Someone help me out here.

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minus_273

minus_273 @ Feb 5th 2008 11:43AM

basically a shutdown of the net in the mideast and India (including all those outsourced call centers and IT companies)

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tadghostal

tadghostal @ Feb 5th 2008 1:36PM

What this means is that any time you have to call for tech support, and it comes from "overseas", the normally crisp, clear voice data that these lines normally carry could become corrupted. The end user would notice this in various ways. It could, for instance, make it very difficult to understand the tech support person - as though they had a very thick un-american accent.

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pokstad

pokstad @ Feb 5th 2008 2:19PM

You would only receive poor quality calls if the call centers are using voip, if they are using plain old telephone service, then the result would be refused calls ("We're sorry, but you're call cannot be completed...").

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172pilot

172pilot @ Feb 5th 2008 2:27PM

Well, since we know the Internet us just about p0rn, I guess it just means that you'll have to wait by the mailbox for your issue of "hot girls in veils" in written form this month, since the online version isnt going to be available..

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Erek

Erek @ Feb 5th 2008 5:00PM

reply to Pokstad:

Modern phone switching isn't that simple. POTS phone companies lease data service on fiber lines, or in some cases they're owned by the same companies. So voice data ends up carried on the same physical cables as IP data.

I'd love to hear how international voice service has been affected, but there hasn't been much discussion on the issue.

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PDCant

PDCant @ Feb 5th 2008 11:42AM

Middle East internet traffic is now conveniently routed through the U.S./U.K./AT&T spy system. Well, convenient for the NSA, anyway. Sounds like a plan!

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minus_273

minus_273 @ Feb 5th 2008 11:49AM

At&T spy system haha i want aware they ran one. Have you been drinking the koolaid much?

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Cal

Cal @ Feb 5th 2008 11:59AM

The NSA has access at AT&T

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Rob

Rob @ Feb 5th 2008 12:17PM

They should use Comcast's internet network instead. Comcast has been able to mess around with their customers' connection and filter their traffic as well.

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philoneous

philoneous @ Feb 5th 2008 12:48PM

@minus-273, please read:
http://www.eff.org/nsa

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tadghostal

tadghostal @ Feb 5th 2008 1:39PM

NSA *IS* AT&T! Few people realize this, but if you reverse the letters in NSA, then replace the resulting "SN" with "T&T", you get....AT&T!!!! coinkydink? I think not.

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Xee

Xee @ Feb 5th 2008 11:48AM

You're all wrong. Obviously it was USOs.

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Tyler

Tyler @ Feb 5th 2008 11:50AM

Internet Pirates? har har har

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Michael Marquez

Michael Marquez @ Feb 5th 2008 11:51AM

Cloverstan

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Mihir

Mihir @ Feb 5th 2008 11:52AM

i'm pretty sure this has to be Bush's fault.

or global warming.

or terrorists.

or......CRAB PEOPLE, CRAB PEOPLE!

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andy

andy @ Feb 5th 2008 12:00PM

It's terrorists forced by global warming to set off earthquakes (like in that one James Bond movie, A view to a kill), which we all know is Bush's fault.

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tadghostal

tadghostal @ Feb 5th 2008 1:43PM

I'm still bitter that NO ONE blames anything on El Niño any more :(

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Good_Bytes

Good_Bytes @ Feb 5th 2008 2:00PM

It could be a country doing some tests before engaging in a war...
No Internet -> harder to communicate events.

Pretty smart (but i am totally against it), specially that today we are all so depended on the Internet.

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MBS

MBS @ Feb 5th 2008 4:25PM

El Niño is Bush's fault!

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kodey

kodey @ Feb 5th 2008 11:54AM

I said stuff like this would start happening if we let the Japanese hunt whales -- but did anybody listen? No.

It's the whales people...and it's war.

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Karl Viklund

Karl Viklund @ Feb 5th 2008 11:56AM

1993??????????????????
Like someone had Internet back then...

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Denver_80203

Denver_80203 @ Feb 5th 2008 12:03PM

Yes, 1993. Crappy perfomance? Yes. But still it was actually useful.

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Superprime

Superprime @ Feb 5th 2008 12:09PM

I did. Does your calendor show september Karl?

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Naomi

Naomi @ Feb 5th 2008 2:17PM

I did, and I was 10 years old. I was on usenet, looking for game genie codes for my SNES.

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Tom W

Tom W @ Feb 5th 2008 11:56AM

So does this mean I won't get any more spam from those areas? :)

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Karl Viklund

Karl Viklund @ Feb 5th 2008 11:57AM

Like it matters where spam comes from.

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ethana2

ethana2 @ Feb 5th 2008 3:12PM

Spam comes from a lot of places. We may just have to cut the cables to microsoft's update servers to compensate for the drop. ^_^

..Who would have thought that adherence to open standards would create four operating systems better than windows? Ironic, isn't it? I love POSIX.

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andy

andy @ Feb 5th 2008 11:57AM

I'm going with us or our enemies.

Iran is having huge internal problems and needs to shutdown all outside influences. This accomplishes the goals, and damages US and Indian companies by killing their call centers.


On the flip side, I know I f'n hate it when that Idian chick at Charter Cable tells me "treestar yooo kobble mo damn" after I tell her that I just restarted my cable modem, I have signal, and I can't pull an IP address from the Charter server. So, it could be a Charter Cable customer with enough means and intestinal fortitude to take care of fix the problem. It's probably a customer with a Dell computer hooked up to Charter Cable.

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